Ayako Nakamura

MM, Western Michigan University
BA, CSU, Chico
Phone: 530-898-4655
Building: PAC, Room 233
Department Position: Music faculty
E-mail: anakamura@csuchico.edu

NakamuraAyako Nakamura is a trumpet instructor at CSU, Chico and a freelance musician throughout Northern California. She plays with several area professional ensembles including the North State Symphony and the North Valley Chamber Chorale Orchestra. She has also played with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra, toured with the rock band the Go Rounds and has appeared with the Temptations and Michael W Smith.

Ayako grew up in Tokyo. She started piano lessons at the age of 4, and picked up the trumpet in the 5th grade when she fell in love with the instrument. She received her bachelor’s degree in Trumpet Performance from California State University, Chico, and received her master’s at Western Michigan University. She has studied with the likes of Rick Winslow, Stephen Jones, and Scott Thornburg.

Currently she lives in Chico with her husband and her one-year-old daughter. When she’s not playing music, Ayako enjoys playing with her daughter at the park, brewing beer with her husband, cooking/eating good food, and playing games with friends. She continues to freelance and runs a successful private-instruction studio.